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Producer-engineer Phil Ramone, who died Saturday at 82, was a musical force in the recording studio



Published: Tue, April 2, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Producer-engineer Phil Ramone, who died Saturday at 82, was a musical force in the recording studio is undeniable. He didn’t just produce or engineer records. He put to tape cultural touchstones. The evidence lies in the range of his accomplishments including:

v Mixing Lesley Gore’s smash hit “It’s My Party” in the early 1960s.

v Recording Marilyn Monroe seducing President John F. Kennedy in song on his birthday.

v Engineering essential recordings by jazz innovators Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy.

v Working on Paul McCartney’s “Ram” sounds fresh decades later.

v Best known for his work with Paul Simon, Barbra Streisand and Billy Joel.

JUSTIFIED (10 p.m., FX): Lives are on the line as the riveting fourth season ends. Expect a high-stakes showdown between Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Detroit mob boss Nicky Augustine (Mike O’ Malley), who is definitely out for blood.

“THE GAME” (10 p.m., BET): Tia Mowry and Pooch Hall may be gone, but the comedy continues. So far, Lauren London and Jay Ellis make for pretty intriguing replacement players.

“MONSTERS AND MYSTERIES IN AMERICA” (7 p.m., DISCOVERY): The creatures explored in the premiere of this new series — Sheepsquatch and Mothman — are also the title of a rejected Lifetime Channel romantic buddy comedy.

“THE AGONY AND EcsTACY OF PHIL SPECTOR” (8 p.m., BBC America): This documentary maps the highs, lows and crazy hairstyles of famed record producer and convicted murderer Phil Spector.

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